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When you live on the Costa del Sol, a great way to integrate, understand the area and make new friends is to support a charity. You can join in with charity events, volunteer in a charity shop, take dogs for a walk, visit the elderly, fundraise and much more. Anything you can do is highly appreciated and it’s a great way to really help others, while getting to know people and settling in to your new life.
Last month’s United Nationalities of Marbella event shone a light on the many charities and organisations that need our help. Charities which were present included Age Concern, Concordia Aids Charity, Debra Butterfly Children, Malaga Orphanage and Triple A Animal Charity. All of these are very short of volunteers and need support with fundraising too. To decide what you want to do, check out their websites, call the team and choose the one that really tugs on your heart strings.
Costa del Sol charities in focus
One charity that has been really struggling for funds recently is Triple A Animal shelter. This animal charity looks after around 500 abandoned dogs and cats and tries to find them a home. They need members, volunteers and people to walk the dogs and cover their overheads, as there was a fear that they would have to close their doors at the end of last year. This is a lovely way for animal lovers to make a difference to our furry friends, keep this great charity going and meet like minded individuals.
One of the best known charities on the Costa del Sol is Cudeca, a cancer charity which offers a day centre and hospice for cancer sufferers and their families on the Costa del Sol. One of their biggest fundraisers is coming up and it’s a great one to take part in. The Cudeca Walkathon is taking place on Sunday 20th of May leaving from the Hotel Sunset Beach Club in Benalmadena. There are a number of routes, a 10 kilometre challenge which sets off at 10.30am and five and two kilometre trails which leave at 12. It’s 10€ for adults and 6€ for children to take part if you register online and all the money raised goes to the charity.
If that sounds like a bit too active for you, how about eating wonderful food from eight of the regions best chefs in aid of charity? There is a fundraising gala dinner on the 21st of May in aid of Aldeas Infantiles which works to provide homes for deprived children and help vulnerable families. It is taking place at the Los Monteros Hotel in Marbella and will feature an eight course menu, with courses from chefs with 1 and 2 Michelin stars, plus entertainment and surprises. This costs 350€ per person and you can buy tickets online
Whatever you do, from attending a charity market and buying some goodies, supporting a charity event or volunteering will really make a real difference to those in need. Plus, it will give you a sense of being at home here on the Costa del Sol, and bring you in contact with some genuine, lovely people, who also want to make a difference.
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